Social Studies

Life as a Farmer Boy - A Little House Book Club

In this 6 week class, students will discuss Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Woven throughout the discussion there will be activities, games, songs, and recipes, as well as a historical and geographical perspective!
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40 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 6 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

Teacher Carol has a PhD in pedagogy and history, with a Master’s in Cultural Studies. One of my  core values is to teach the true and accurate version of history I was not taught as a child. Racism or racial stereotypes is never acceptable to me, and neither is a white-washed version of American History. 
Please read chapters 1-5 BEFORE class!
Please read chapters 6-10 BEFORE class! 
Please read chapters 11-15 BEFORE class! 
Please read chapters 16-20 BEFORE class! 
Please read chapters 21-25 BEFORE class! 
Please read chapters 26-29 BEFORE class! 
Student need a copy of Farmer Boy to begin their reading BEFORE CLASS! This can be an ebook, library book or their own copy. The audiobooks are also excellent, although I highly recommend students have a book.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
These books take place in the late 1800's and early 1900's and discuss themes and practices that were common for the Ingalls family in that time period..... hunting, raising animals for food, and religious practices such as Christmas, reading the Bible, strict obedience to parents, and keeping the Sabbath.

In this book, there is a mention of playing “wild Indian”  as well as a few other mentions throughout this series require critical analysis and the following areas of concern will be addressed in class: inaccurate descriptions of historical events, racism, stereotypes, cultural inaccuracies, harmful and inaccurate descriptions of Native Americans, racist/stereotypical imagery, and biased perspectives. This book does provide excellent conversation points, as the Ingalls family experience a paradigm shift over time throughout the story. We will discuss all of this throughout the class. 


Carol Burns PhD
Lives in the United States
Teacher, Homeschool Mama, & Voracious Learner
214 total reviews
202 completed classes

About Me

Carol Burns is an experienced classroom teacher with 30 years of experience teaching and working with children in a variety of settings including public school, charter school, children’s church, Awana and youth group leading, camp program... 
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